A Friend of the Earth

A Friend of the Earth In the tradition of The Tortilla Curtain T C Boyle blends idealism and satire in a story that addresses the universal questions of human love and the survival of the species In the year global w

  • Title: A Friend of the Earth
  • Author: T.C. Boyle
  • ISBN: 9780141002057
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the tradition of The Tortilla Curtain, T.C Boyle blends idealism and satire in a story that addresses the universal questions of human love and the survival of the species In the year 2025 global warming is a reality, the biosphere has collapsed, and 75 year old environmentalist Ty Tierwater is eking out a living as care taker of a pop star s private zoo when his secoIn the tradition of The Tortilla Curtain, T.C Boyle blends idealism and satire in a story that addresses the universal questions of human love and the survival of the species In the year 2025 global warming is a reality, the biosphere has collapsed, and 75 year old environmentalist Ty Tierwater is eking out a living as care taker of a pop star s private zoo when his second ex wife re enters his life.Both gritty and surreal, A Friend of the Earth represents a high water mark in Boyle s career his deep streak of social concern is effortlessly blended here with genuine compassion for his characters and the spirit of sheer exhilarating playfulness readers have come to expect from his work.

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    • T.C. Boyle

      T Coraghessan Boyle also known as T.C Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948 is a U.S novelist and short story writer Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and than 60 short stories He won the PEN Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World s End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York He is married with three children Boyle has been a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California since 1978, when he founded the school s undergraduate creative writing program.He grew up in the small town on the Hudson Valley that he regularly fictionalizes as Peterskill as in widely anthologized short story Greasy Lake Boyle changed his middle name when he was 17 and exclusively used Coraghessan for much of his career, but now also goes by T.C Boyle.

    434 thoughts on “A Friend of the Earth

    • When I lived in Arizona in the late 1980s there was an environmental group called Earth First! that was creating a lot of excitement on campus. Edward Abbey was teaching at the University of Arizona and everyone was reading his book called The Monkey Wrench Gang. Earth First! advocated using some of the tactics that Abbey described in his book. All was fun and good until the FBI busted down Dave Foreman's (the most vocal leader of Earth First!)door in the middle of the night, with black helicopt [...]


    • I really, really enjoyed this novel and can easily recommend it. You can check out thelong version or stay here for a shorter one.A Friend of the Earth is quite different from many environmentally- or eco-based novels I've read. While some of the normal dystopian scenarios are in place, and the author in his own way lets his readers know that there is little to no hope for the future, it also makes you laugh as Mr. Boyle puts irony ahead of heavy-handedness or preaching -- since, as the main cha [...]


    • There is a story behind why I chose to review A Friend of the Earth. In 2001, I bought the novel and could not get past the first few pages. I tried again and again. No go. So I dropped it in a box to be forgotten but not trashed. Roughly a year later I was rummaging around for a book to read and pulled it out. What the hell, I thought. I'll give it another try. The planets had aligned, apparently (or more likely this time I was mentally receptive) and, as with all his previous books, I immediat [...]


    • All I could manage of this one was 100 pages. I wanted to like it--its premise of near-future ecological collapse feels relevant and laudable--but the prose is so lazily executed that it begins to feel like an insult. The book is full of cheap narrative gambits and inexact metaphors and faux-ominous filler of this sort: "He doesn't like this. He doesn't like it at all." Or, much worse: "Because I'm bored. Because I've got nothing to lose. Because I know I can put the brakes on if I have to. Roll [...]


    • Once again I've encountered a book that is about issues I'm extremely interested in and concerned with, but the formal characteristics of the writing are problematic to me. I'd never considered reading any of T.C. Boyle's work, though I'd heard his name quite a bit. Then I heard about this book and its subject: a washed-up old environmental activist trying to survive in a 2025 world ravaged by the effects of the global climate change he had been trying to fight in his youth. I eagerly snapped up [...]


    • This is one of the books that makes me feel very middle of the road. It's brilliant at points. Other points it's just a whole lot of environmentalist propaganda. Sometimes so heavy handed that it takes an earth loving hippie like me and hits me over the head with it so hard that it's hard to enjoy the actual story.The interesting thing here is not that world is going to hell in a hand basket. Any child of the 80s and 90s well knows that rhetoric and how it plays out is almost exactly like any nu [...]


    • A Friend of the Earth is another great effort from Boyle, one of my favorite contemporary writers. Boyle has a tremendous gift; the words just flow off the pages. With his trademark dark humor, Boyle spins the tale of Ty Tierwater, who has spent his life defending the earth, to no avail. It’s 2025, and Ty is in California, tending to an animal menagerie, owned and funded by Mac Pulvis, a retired pop star. Global warming and climate change have come true; Ty endures monsoons followed by 130 tem [...]


    • You can always rely on T.C. Boyle for an entertaining read. Here, our future (the year 2025) is described in the bleakest (and at times depressing) terms: Due to our destruction of the environment, people are suffering from extreme weather conditions. At the moment, a neverending rainstorm rages for months, which makes normal living difficult. Most animals and plants are extinct, all there is to drink is sake, and the hero of the story, Ty Tierwater, has a job looking after the animals in the pr [...]


    • I think it's time to admit that I will never finish this book. I don't know what it is: at some point I read a Boyle story, perhaps in Harper's, and somehow developed the idea that I liked his writing and wanted to read more. This is my second Boyle novel, though, and I just can't be bothered to finish it, so maybe I like it less than I thought. There's not really even anything wrong with it, I just find that I fundamentally don't care, which is hardly a ringing endorsement for a book.


    • Originally published in 2000, A Friend of the Earth by T. C. Boyle is a gripping, humorous and emotional novel which charts the life of committed eco-activist Ty Tierwater and his battles to confront humanity’s destruction of nature. I first encountered an excerpt from this book several years ago when reading the anthology I’m With The Bears: Short Stories From a Damaged Planet. The chapter ‘The Siskiyou, July 1989’ was something of a revelation for me then, a powerful, slow-reveal vigne [...]


    • T.C. Boyle is a great storyteller. Things happen, narrative moves, conclusions develop – and he is entertaining. But here, in A Friend of the Earth, he takes a meandering path and imposes a leisurely pace, one in which there are many more paragraphs than actions, and the tale being told develops gradually, while overcoming extended weather and old-age soliloquies – it rains all the time; it rains hard; it floods highly, thoroughly. Yup; understood. But then it rains on the rain, and joints c [...]


    • I admire Boyle's short stories very much, and have read a wide array of them over the years, but this is my first foray into his novels. My response? This is pedal-to-the-metal stuff, furious metaphors flying in all directions. And no wonder. Leading man Ty Tierwater is the last of the angry old men, and he's our first-person narrator. Boyle is up to the task of setting down the the fire in Tierwater's aging pot-belly, but this title falls into the camp of "narratives that sustain their drama by [...]


    • This book successfully uses fiction as social commentary on the environmental history and politics of America. The writing is smooth and the imagery evocative - the crisp and cool mountain air of the sierra nevada forests at the end of the last century in stark contrast to what the future in 2025 could very likely be: charred, dusty and yet filled with violent storms and extreme weather, a world largely bereft of wildlife, where swathes of forests lie destroyed. Indeed, Boyle portrays a bleak, s [...]


    • TC Boyle has long been one of the authors I most appreciate. This book only expanded my appreciation for him. It's the tale of an environmentalist who has reached his "young old age" and is exhausted from struggling against the degradation of the earth's environment and the tragedies of his personal life, which include the situation with the ex-wife he still loves but can't stop hating (haven't we all felt that way?). Set in the year 2025 (I think), it's a hilarious, frightening tale that warns [...]


    • This was one of the harder post-climate change books I've read in a while. The outrageous characters. The ridiculous events. The tension between the next catastrophe and the unending pall of despair. I didn't want to watch the train wreck, but I couldn't stop either. I haven't picked up a book since. Perhaps it was bad timing. I happened to read this while living through a week of smoke from three wildfires raging North, South and East of our area. And one of the hottest summers on record. And a [...]


    • I saw Boyle on a talk show so I ordered this off of ABDBOOKS for $1. That was one well spent buck. Set about 20 years in the future Boyle manages to spin social and environmental concerns into something that is never ham handed or preachy but just breathtaking. The writer knows and loves his characters like Tye who starts out an environmentalist and winds up an eco-terrorist. I think the reason he does not come of as smug or preachy is he really believes it is game over. Some new political party [...]


    • This is the first book by T.C. Boyle that I’ve read, and it was fantastic. The book follows Tyrone Tierwater as both a 1990s radical environmentalist/eco-terrorist, and as the keeper of a menagerie of exotic, nearly extinct animals for a movie star in 2025 – after global warming has destroyed much of the natural world through violent weather and drought. The 1990 sections follow the increasing extremism and anger of Tierwater, which leads to him being jailed, the death of his daughter, and t [...]


    • TC Boyle is a fine writer, and I had no idea when I picked up this book where it would take me. The plot had me questioning my views on parenting, environmentalism, global warming and man's place in the universe before I was finished. In addition, there were two or three times the plot had me squirming uncomfortably as I realized the story was taking me places emotionally I didn't want to go, such as facing the loss of a child (I hope I never have to). To get to the end of the story I had to pus [...]


    • I have read and enjoyed much of T.C. Boyle's work, but this novel is one of his lesser accomplishments. I was nearly halfway through the book before the plot really started to take off, and the protagonist never really managed to grab me. While I do strongly believe that global climate change is real, that human activity is the cause, and that we need to take drastic action to curtail the damage, his vision of a future total environmental collapse seems rather shrill. I strongly recommend most o [...]


    • This was a little bit of a struggle for me to get through. I enjoy T.C. Boyle books but this one is dark - environmental destruction as a result of global warming and the greenhouse effect, the climate has changed, and, accordingly, biodiversity is a thing of the past. Many animal species are extinct, etc. It was a beautifully written but depressing book. It is the story of Tyrone Tierwater, a former environmentalist who is now living on a rock stars estate and taking care of endangered animal c [...]


    • "I've never believed in vegetarianism myself, except as an ecological principle - obviously, you can feed a whole lot more people on rice or grain than you can on a feed-intenstive animal like a steer, and, further, as everyone alive today knows, it was McDonald's and Burger King and their ilk that denuded the rain forests to provide range for yet more cows, but, still, I don't make a religion of it. Meat isn't the problem, people are."* Ty Tierwater


    • TC Boyles books are not an easy read, the characters are often unlikeable or have badly flawed personalities. There is a lot of anger in this book, Ty Tierwater, the central character is an angry man. But there is black humour too and however unbearable the plot twists were, I kept reading to find out what happened next.


    • Great story, the old dissillusioned environmentalist remembers past events form his activities of the 1980's eco-defence days. The story though is also set in 2025 and the planet is largely buggered. Lots of compassion and warmth amongst the storms of life and death.


    • More good stuff from TCB. Michael Jackson even makes an appearance(in disguise). Here's your SoCal "lifestyle" in the oncoming, unfolding climate apocalypse. Plus a commentary on activist-narcissists.




    • Here's the truth: I HATE the cover of this book. As in, HATE, to the point where it was tempting to tear it off and throw it away, and I rather wish I had, but for the fact that that would have made the book difficult to give away. And I don't always pay attention to covers. I've never hated one, certainly. But this one? Yeah--I hate it. Maybe that shouldn't matter--it probably shouldn't, I suppose--but it does. This book literally sat on my shelf, traveling with me for five or six moves over th [...]


    • Wenn ich hier so die anderen Bewertungen lese, frage ich mich, ob ihr das Buch überhaupt gelesen habt??Mal ernsthaft, ich habe in meinem ganzen Leben noch nie ein so schlechtes Buch gelesen.Dieses Buch zu lesen fühlt sich an, als wollte man sein Auto mit einem Wattestäbchen putzen. Am Anfang vielleicht noch ganz nett und witzig, aber je weiter man kommt, desto mehr wird es einfach nur zur Qual.Dieses Buch war die absolute Hölle.Hier mal ein kleiner Auszug aus dem Buch, damit jeder selbst ent [...]


    • Typical Boyle, which, for me, is a positive. This entertaining romp through the hijinks of environmental activism posits the theory that the efforts of the activists will, at the end of the day, accomplish exactly nothing. Boyle contrasts ideologically pure eco-warriors, for whom "progress" is the enemy, and others whose ostensible commitment to the cause ultimately serves as little more than a means to achieve the material comforts of a conventional lifestyle. (i.e. True believers end up jailed [...]


    • I wouldn't read past first 50 pages. Skipped further 100 pages and finally gave up. I feel like characters were not properly developed and story moved back and forth randomly. Jokes were extremely dull. Too many things were put in but never tied properly. I story of Ty's wife's death appears out of the blue and is written rather hazily without proper background development. Their environmentalism wasn't properly described. Just too many things to handle. And the names are just crazy. ( Tyrone O' [...]


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